The Grudge Keeper

8 Sep

17653933The Grudge Keeper written by Mara Rockliff and illustrated by Eliza Wheeler (2014)

The story opens with Cornelius, the grudge keeper of Bonnyripple, carefully tucking small rolled pieces of paper into every nook and cranny of his ramshackle cottage. Whenever anyone in the town had a complaint, insult, squabble, tiff, or snit they gave it to the grudge keeper. The grudges kept coming and coming until one day the wind rose and blew all the grudges into a whopping pile with Cornelius buried deep at the bottom of the pile. The people of Bonnyripple had no idea what to do  until they found their old grudges in the mess burying Cornelius. Reading their old complaints they saw their foolishness in saving the grudges. They quickly gave shameful apologies and real forgiveness to each other. The story ends in a big wedding party for Big Otto and Lily Belle, who are mad about each other. And no one in the town of Bonnyripple ever kept a grudge again… not even Cornelius.

Mara Rockliff, writes a modern folktale for today’s readers. Her use of language is extraordinary and her message is timeless.

Eliza Wheeler’s detailed pictures bring this story to life. Drawn to look like an older tale, her illustrations help to capture the magic of the story.

I love this story. It is on the high end for picture book readers, as it employs storytelling techniques and vocabulary usage to challenge older, more sophisticated readers. Sure to be a folktale classic!

3 Responses to “The Grudge Keeper”

  1. writersideup September 18, 2014 at 6:02 PM #

    Juliana, I ADORE this book! And the illustrations TOTALLY blow me away! I was lucky to win it recently during a BEA Giveaway 🙂 LOVE having it on my shelf here 😀


    • Juliana Lee September 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM #

      Well, hey, writersideup! I was so pleasantly surprised with this book too! It reminded me a little bit of THE GIVER for younger readers. Glad you liked it too!


      • writersideup September 19, 2014 at 3:43 AM #

        Yes, there are some books that literally jump in my lap, knowing they belong on my shelf ’cause I won’t be happy unless they come home with me. This was one of them 😀

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